Michelle Keegan has announced she is quitting BBC drama Our Girl after four years leading the cast.
The former Coronation Street star has spent large portions of each year filming in places such as South Africa, Nepal and Malaysia while she has played Army medic Georgie Lane, and is apparently hoping to spend more time at home in the UK with husband Mark Wright.
Keegan told The Sun: “I’ve had the most incredible four years on the show and I want to thank the BBC for giving me such an amazing opportunity.
“Playing Georgie has been a life changing role for me. I’ve loved every second of the adventure so it was a very hard decision to make not to return.
“I feel it is the right time to explore other exciting opportunities but I’m so happy to be part of the new series coming soon so it’s not the end just yet.”
Wright, a former Towie star who now works as a radio presenter, moved back home from Los Angeles last year where he had been appearing on US TV.
The couple married in 2015, but in 2016 Keegan took over the star role in Our Girl from EastEnders’ Lacey Turner, and has been committed to travelling for the show’s filming schedule ever since.
She has already filmed the 2020 instalment of the military drama, but as it is yet to air, viewers are waiting to see whether Georgie will get an exit storyline.
Keegan and Wright, both 32, have complained about intrusion into their private lives and whether they plan to start a family.
The actress had previously told The Sun: “It’s horrible. It’s like, ‘You’re 32. Are you not planning to have a baby yet?’
“They don’t know the background of what’s happening. It’s no one else’s business. In this day and age you shouldn’t ask questions like that.”
Keegan starred in the second series of Our Girl in 2016 and in the third series, which was split into two parts, in 2017 and 2018. Series four will air this year.